Rushing to Redesign DLG Plaza?
By an edhat reader
At the Santa Barbara City Council this coming Tuesday afternoon, Agenda Item #13 (just before the 711 N. Milpas hearing), the item is a request for $199,000 for "conceptual design services" for the de la Guerra Plaza.
There's an additional $300,000 "to cover the cost of the consultant, preliminary environmental review, and possible additional archaeological investigations..." Here's the link to the Council agenda.
Shouldn't there be a decision first and then design services? Just a couple of weeks ago, there was the open house/workshop eliciting ideas. So far, the range of those ideas have not been presented to the public; nor has the public weighed in on which they prefer; nor has the City Council given their approval.
Public preferences could be done the way Goleta did in surveying Goletans for the naming of the new city park. Everybody interested could participate. Santa Barbarans deserve no less consideration for the center of our city. What's the rush on this? What do Edhatters think about this project and, specifically, the Council agenda item on Tuesday?